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adverse

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adjective ad·verse \ad-ˈvərs, ˈad-ˌ\

Simple Definition of adverse

  • : bad or unfavorable : not good

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adverse

  1. 1 :  acting against or in a contrary direction :  hostile <hindered by adverse winds>

  2. 2 a :  opposed to one's interests <an adverse verdict> <heard testimony adverse to their position>; especially :  unfavorable <adverse criticism> b :  causing harm :  harmful <adverse drug effects>

  3. 3 archaic :  opposite in position

adversely

adverb

adverseness

noun

Examples of adverse in a sentence

  1. The Bankruptcy Code requires that debtor's counsel be disinterested and not have an interest adverse to the estate. —Lawyers Weekly USA, 4 Oct. 1999

  2. On more than one occasion his decrees provoked riots, and there were those who voiced adverse opinions on the Duke in public. —Alison Weir, The Princes in the Tower, 1992

  3. The plant tolerates adverse conditions … —Dave Dunn, Fine Gardening, January/February 1991

  4. <all the adverse publicity really caused the movie star's popularity to suffer>

  5. <the adverse effects of the drug are too severe to allow it to be marketed>



Origin and Etymology of adverse

Middle English, from Anglo-French advers, from Latin adversus, past participle of advertere


First Known Use: 14th century


ADVERSE Defined for Kids

adverse

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adjective ad·verse \ad-ˈvərs\

Definition of adverse for Students

  1. 1 :  acting against or in an opposite direction <adverse winds>

  2. 2 :  not helping or favoring <adverse circumstances>

adversely

adverb <Bad weather adversely affected attendance at the fair.>



Law Dictionary

adverse

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adjective ad·verse \ad-ˈvərs, ˈad-ˌvərs\

Legal Definition of adverse

  1. :  opposed to one's interests :  operating to one's detriment <an adverse verdict>





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